Google suffered a glitch that negatively impacted search quality. This was not an update. It was a mistake of some kind.
Google’s search algorithm suffered an unprecedented glitch that affected search results.
Many in the search community believed it was an update. But it was not an update.
Google confirmed trough a tweet on their Twitter account.
Google’s John Mueller also tweeted:
“I don’t have all the details yet, but it seems like this was a glitch on our side and has been fixed in the meantime.”
Where did Google Search Glitch Hit?
The Google search glitch was keenly felt in Europe, Africa as well as Asia, and all English speaking countries.
Google’s search glitch appeared to affect all languages, countries, and niches.
It affected everything from local services to recipes.
Ecommerce sites reported extreme fluctuations in rankings.
Most affected pages were AMP pages.
A member from WebmasterWorld, webdev29, noted how the big sites like Amazon seemed to dominate the SERPs.
“huge update also in France ATM, no word to describe the mess, its simply crazy ! there is no more ecommerces in my SERP (decoration) and mine has just lost everything…6 years destroyed in just one minute and the lives of several employees at stake! it’s not possible that it continues like this, in the SERP, there are only the big marketplaces (cdiscount, amazon, laredoute, aliexpress…) and some more or less recent sites without much interest…all the rest has disappeared on the deep pages of the search engine.”
Google has not said the cause bu we are yet to receive news from them.